Be enchanted by the green landscape of the Münsterland.You will cycle along streams, through shady forests, and stunning boulevards. This route takes you along the Münsterland “Pättkes” cycling routes close to nature, lined with hedges and willow trees. Besides small Westphalian manor houses and old country estates, you will discover some of the most well-known castles of the Münsterland on this tours: Castle Nordkirchen, Castle Vischering and Castle Hülshoff. The shorter legs of the bike trip are the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the castles and palaces, relax in a café along the bike path and discover the rural Münsterland region. On some days, you can choose between a shorter or longer cycle tour. Towards the end of this route, you can look forward to an exciting city tour: Discover many of the pieces of the world-renowned sculpture project exhibitions of the past few years, acquired by the municipality – all in the city and outside.
Day 1 - Arrival in Münster
Check-in at the hotel and option to visit the nearby city centre. At Prinzipalmarket with its gabled houses, the village square, and on the green Promenadenring you will get your first glance of this charming city.
Day 2 - Münster – Davensberg (Cycling 33 km / 21 miles or 58km / 36 miles)
Along the Dortmund-Ems Canal and through Boniburger Wald you will reach the magical pilgrimage town of Telgte via Hansdorf. The city with its Baroque chapel and the gregarious market square is located right on the shore of the Ems, and it is a popular destination for cyclists. Through meadows and fields we continue to the historical Pleistermühle with country inn and beer garden. This is where you will reach the romantic Werse. This varied cycling trail along the river gives you an opportunity to enjoy pure nature. A magical view of Haus Bispink near Rinkerode, a historical farmstead, and the feudal estate Haus Borg. The last part of this leg will lead you through the mysterious forest area of Davert, which is close to nature, and to Castle Davensburg.
Day 3 - Davensberg – Lüdinghausen (Cycling 39 km / 24 miles or 49km / 31 miles)
Today’s stage has two divine moated castles. On rural routes, you will first reach the Baroque Castle Westerwinkel. After crossing the nature reserve of Ichterloh with its beautiful picnic place at the 1,000-year-old oak you will soon reach Castle Nordkirchen, also referred to as “Westphalia’s Versailles” and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the castle courtyard, the restaurant invites you to take a break and to take in the stunning view of the estate. You continue to cycle along the charming Stever river to Lüdinghausen, a city home to a moated castle. Overnight stay near the castle buildings.
Day 4 - Lüdinghausen – Senden (Cycling 58 km / 36 miles)
Today starts with visits to Burg Lüdinghausen and Burg Vischering, one of the most beautiful fortified castles. We continue along Halterner Borkenberge towards Halterner Stausee (reservoir). The cafés on the shore of the lake invite you to stop by or to jump into the cool water of this swimming lake. On the northern side of the Borkenberge, you will cycle through fields, forests, and meadows, mostly on the 100-castles route all the way to Haus Visbeck and further to Senden.
Day 5 - Senden – Nottuln (Cycling 34 km / 21 miles or 60km / 37 miles)
Today’s cycling tour will lead you along the Stever river to Haus Klein-Schoenebeck, an estate from the 14th century. After this, you will cycle through the green park landscape of the Münsterland region and to Havixbeck. At the foot of the Baumberge along the moated castle of Darfeld, one of the most impressive castle estates in the Münsterland and built on two islands. In the state-recognised resort town of Billerbeck you will discover the picturesque little store houses at Johanneskirchplatz, inviting cafés and restaurants. Before you cycle on to Nottuln you will go to Westerberg, the highest point of the Münsterland. From Longinusturm, built with typical Baumberg sandstone, you will have an amazing view of the Münsterland and you will already be able to spot Nottuln, the next destination of today’s leg.
Day 6 - Havixbeck – Münster (Cycling 35 km / 21 miles)
Today you have plenty of time to discover all sides of Münsterland. Th e fi rst stretch is along a track around the Baumberge hills to the Schlauchbach stream and just before Havixbeck. You will fi nd the impressive Castle Hülshoff in the middle of stunning grounds, the house in which poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born. Since 2012, seeing the castle from inside and enjoying the food in the castle yard is possible. Haus Vögeding and Haus Rüschhaus are two other estates worth seeing on the route. Another highlight awaits you at the end of the tour with the castle in Münster. Built by J. C. Schlaun, since 1954 it has housed the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität. Behind the castle, you will fi nd the botanical garden and the castle garden café.
Day 7 - Münster
End of the tour after breakfast or extension day. Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.
Also available for booking:
Münster – Sculpture Projects (approximately 18 km / 11 miles)
Booking an extra night gives you time to experience art in the open. Every 10 years the ‚Skulptur Projekte‘ take place in Münster and leaves its mark around the city by integrating some of the sculptures in the urban landscape. Off cycling towards Aasee, a large artifi cial lake in the centre of Münster. Here you will fi nd the ‚Giant Pool Balls‘ by Claes Oldenburg, perhaps the most well-known
work of the Skulptur Projekte. Past the Wilhelms-Universität, you continue to the promenade, a paved car-free boulevard laid along the city’s old ring of fortifi cations and which takes you along a shady path once round the
city centre. Discover the city on foot and maybe end up looking for more sculptures. It is worth visiting the Friedensaal in the Town Hall, Dom and/or one of the many museums.
Or wander through the city in typical Westphalian calm by popping into one of the typical cafés, stroll around the “Prinzipalmarkt” and bring your tour to a relaxing end.
Hotel Kaiserhof 4****
The Kaiserhof Hotel is in opposite Münster Main Stati-on, walking distance from all attractions and shopping facilities. The Kaiserhof stands out for its 100 individually designed rooms and its wellness area. You will be staying in a Superior Room. These rooms have a large double bed, safe, digital satellite TV, free WiFi, hair dryer, luggage store, full-body mirror, WC, phone, air conditioning, and a complementary bottle of mineral water. Restaurant in the hotel.
Hotel Europa Hotel 4****
The Europa Hotel is located in the central Erpho district in Münster. The city center of Münster with its sights and shopping facilities is just 1.8 km from the hotel. The hotel, run by the third generation, is especially known for its rich breakfast buffet. The rooms have a double bed, safe, digital satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, luggage rack, bathroom, telephone, air conditioning and a free welcome drink.
Hotel Clemens-August 3***
The Clemens-August Hotel is right in the centre of Davensberg and in immediate proximity to the Davert Burgturm. Along with its particular location, the hotel stands out for its ‚Westphalian‘ flair and the wonderful view of the Deipenwiese park. All rooms have a Nespresso machine, WiFi, one bottle of water per stay, television, shower, WC, hair dryer, telephone and make-up mirror. Restaurant in the hotel.
Hotel No 11
Hotel No 11 is in the pedestrian area of the town of Lüdinghausen, in the immediate vicinity of various res-taurants, cafés and the Burgpark. The hotel stands out for its charmingly laid-out rooms with specific furnishings. The rooms have a small espresso machine, flat-screen TV, safe, high-quality box spring bed, air conditioning, free WiFi, hair dryer, telephone and a bottle of mineral water on arrival.
Hotel Steverbett 3***
The Steverbett is right on the Burgpark in Lüdinghausen. Only its namesake the Stever separates it from the park. Along with the hotel terrace looking towards the park, the hotel stands out for its light, modern rooms. All rooms have TV. shower, WC, hair dyer, free WiFi and a safe. Restaurant in the hotel.
Hofhotel Grothues-Potthoff 4****
The Grothues-Potthoff Hofhotel is in Senden by the beach. In 2015 it was opened near its own farm shop and café, a successful combination of modern and Westphalian flair. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi, a large desk, phone, safe, WC, hair dryer and box spring beds. A large wellness facility with various saunas and experience showers are available in the hotel. Restaurant in the hotel.
The Rosenboom Hotel is in the town centre of Nottuln. There are a number of different sizes of restaurants nearby with regional and international dishes. The aim of the hotel is to bring the North Sea to Münsterland and it ticks all the boxes with its light and modern rooms. All rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TV, shower, WC, hair dryer and shower.
Travel Dates 2020:
Daily from April 1 – September 30, 2020
Prices (per person)
Double Room (p. person)
|Single room (p. person)||
|Half board supplement||139 €|
|Extra night Münster double room (p. person)
|Extra night single room (p. person)
|Bicycle rental per extension day||14 €|
|E-Bike rental per extension day||25 €|
Minimum number of participants: 2
6 Overnight stays in 3*** and 4****-hotels incl. breakfast
Tour descriptions and map
Tourist information on the places of interest
Luggage transport from hotel to hotel (except star tours)
Tours according to programme (www.travelydays.com)
Parking possible at the hotel (extra fee)
- Half board optional
Panniers when booking a bicycle rental
We adapt the bike rental to suit your wishes
Arrival and departure transfers, lunch and dinner, entrance fees, insurances.
Comfortable unisex touring bikes with 7-speed hub gears and coaster brakes, luggage, stable trapeze frames, front suspension, sprung seat posts, padded saddles, puncture-proof tyres, LED front and rear lights powered by hub dynamo, quick-release saddle height, click-fix bracket on the handlebar. Alternatively, electric bikes (8-speed, coater brakes) can be hired.
5 x evening meals: 4 x three-course menu, 1 x two-course menu. No evening meal at the hotel in Lüdinghausen. There are good restaurants to be found near to the hotel.
The route is predominately flat to slightly hilly and is over mostly tarmac cycle paths, paved tracks through fields and woods, with only a few sections over dirt roads. With an incline of around of 237 metres, day 4 is somewhat more demanding, but the climb to the end of the stage is still easy to manage.
Arrival and parking:
Arrival by car: Parking available at the hotel.
(secure parking for 15,– € per night).
There is additional parking 1.3 km away for 4,– € per night.
Arrival by train: to Münster / Westfalen Main Station. The hotel is about 150 metres from the station.
Arrival by plane: via FMO (Flughafen Münster-Osnabrück), shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre 7,50 € , taxi from 56,– € .
Details correct as of September 2018, subject to change.
The trip is not suitable for those with restricted mobility.